Detained Friend of Boston Bombing Suspect Plans to Seek Bail

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A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who is charged with impeding the investigation into the attack, plans to ask a judge Monday to be released on bail while he awaits trial.

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Prosecutors said Khairullozhon Matanov had dinner with brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev just hours after the deadly April 15, 2013 bombings, but lied about his relationship with the siblings when police questioned him. Matanov, 23, is also accused of deleting computer files that might have helped with the probe.

Matanov initially waived his right to ask for release on bail because his lawyer said the defendant had lost his job and had nowhere to stay.

Matanov is one of four friends of the Tsarnaevs who is charged with impeding the investigation by covering for the brothers. Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who is charged with obstruction of justice, is also due in court Monday.

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